The final minutes ticked down, the camera panned across the Warriors bench - which had long been filled with the entirety of it's starting unit - and all I could think is that it wasn't supposed to happen like this. As a self proclaimed LeBron James hater I have no problem watching him - and more so his team - struggle in the NBA Finals. What we are witnessing now though is simply too much. This has gone too far. No man deserves to suffer this much humiliation, even if that man is an unbearably self involved douchebag.
The crazy part is that the Warriors have been criticized for showing up their opponent's all year, but it wasn't until last night that that complaint held any merit. Forget the 40 yard dashing back down court before the ball has even gone in. Forget the tongue wags, jersey pops, and opposition stare downs. Forget the crowd interaction and general lack of regard for the other team's feelings after casually hitting a 30 foot 3-pointers. Steph Curry sitting on the bench during what should have been the crucial moments of an NBA Finals game looking disinterested in being there was the most disrespectful thing a member of the Warriors has done all season. The only thing that separated Steph Curry from you or I during the 4th quarter last night is that he didn't have the option to catch up on his 'Game Of Thrones' when the game became unwatchable. Obviously he is giving his full effort when he's on the floor, but with what we have come to expect from Steph Curry he is basically halfway though sleepwalking his way into a sweep. If you want to talk about embarrassing your adversary then let's talk about how the unanimous MVP of the NBA has such little respect for this Cleveland team that he hasn't even felt compelled to engage in the showmanship we have gotten so used to seeing from him.
And it wasn't just him either. Andre Iguodala was so unfazed by covering LeBron James that he decided to try to cop some digits while the game was still going on. Klay Thompson was sitting on the bench looking at stoic as we have ever seen him, and that's saying A LOT. The Warriors didn't look like they were on the verge of taking a stranglehold of the series, they looked like they were trying to keep their eyes open during the last 5 minutes of a Sunday sermon at a white people church. They looked like they were sitting through a tutorial on how to avoid humiliating others, and in an ass backwards way that made it so much more humiliating. The Golden State Warriors haven't even been pushed to the point of showing their personality yet and they are up 2-0 - with two double digit wins under their belt - in the NBA Finals. If the Cavaliers haven't already accepted their fate then they should be very worried of what's next to come, because Steph is gonna Steph simply out of principle before this series is over.